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Volatility notably returned to the markets this week as investors navigated the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and mixed earning reports from leading U.S. corporations.
Powell Says Fed Can Proceed ‘Carefully,’ Warns Of Further Hikes If Data Remains Strong: During an event organized by the Economic Club of New York, Fed Chair Jerome Powell emphasized the need for a “careful” approach by the Federal Reserve that considers economic data. He also hinted that if the economy’s strength and inflation resurgence continue to surprise, further interest rate hikes may be on the horizon. It was a week marked by significant volatility in Treasuries, with yields reaching 5% on 10-year bonds.
US Retail Sales Continue To Surpass Expectations, Defying Inflation, Interest Rates: In September, U.S. retail sales marked the sixth consecutive month of increases, underscoring consumers’ remarkable resilience despite rising inflation and higher interest rates. On an annual basis, retail sales surged by 3.8%, up from the upwardly revised 2.9% recorded in August, marking the most substantial year-over-year gain since February 2023.
Tesla Reports Lower-Than-Expected Q3 Results, Stock Faces Worst Week Of 2023: Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) reported third-quarter earnings and revenue below expectations. Revenue reached $23.35 billion, a 9% increase from the previous year but falling short of the Street’s $24.38-billion estimate. Adjusted earnings per share came in at 66 cents, also missing predictions. The company announced plans to commence deliveries of the new Cybertruck in November. Tesla’s stock experienced a 15.2% decline for the week, marking its worst weekly performance this year.
Chart: Tesla Faces Worst Weekly Performance In 2023
Netflix Surpasses Expectations With Q3 Report: Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) achieved a remarkable earnings and revenue beat in the third quarter, reporting earnings of $3.73 per share compared to the expected $3.49. As a result, Netflix shares saw double-digit gains for the week, making it one of the S&P 500’s top weekly performers.
Gold Attracts Haven Demand, Miners Outshine Other Sectors: Gold has emerged as one of the top-performing assets since the onset of the conflict in Israel, with the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE:GLD) showing a nearly 10% increase, solidifying its position as a safe haven investment. Silver has also risen in harmony. Among equities, gold mining stocks, as tracked by the VanEck Gold Miners ETF (NYSE:GDX) have outshone all other industries, capitalizing on the surge in precious metal prices.
What To Watch In The Week Ahead: On Thursday, the highly anticipated GDP data for the third quarter will be released, with economists predicting a robust 4.1% annualized growth rate. Friday will bring the release of the Federal Reserve’s preferred inflation gauge, the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) index, for September. The headline PCE index is expected to show a decline from 3.7% year-on-year to 3.6%.
Upcoming Corporate Earnings to Watch: Tuesday features a lineup of major companies including Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) and Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE:RTX).
Wednesday will bring earnings reports from Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO), T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM), ServiceNow, Inc. (NYSE:NOW), The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP) and CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME).
Thursday includes Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Mastercard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ:HON) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY).
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